Corton Denham

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Corton Denham
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Corton Denham Church
Grid reference: ST635225
Location: 51°0’3"N, 2°31’17"W
Population: 189  (2011[1])
Post town: Sherborne
Postcode: DT9
Dialling code: 01963
Local Government
Council: South Somerset
Waterwheel at Whitcombe Farm

Corton Denham is a village and parish in southern Somerset, situated seven miles north-east of Yeovil. The village has a population of 189.[1] The ancient parish forms part of the hundred of Horethorne and extends to the border with Dorset.[2]


The village was named Corfetone in the Domesday Book of 1086, coming from the Old English meaning the settlement in a cutting. The second part of the name comes from the Dynham (later Dynham) family who held the manor from the 12th century until 1509.[3]

In the 19th century an iron waterwheel was installed at Whitcombe Farmhouse.[4]

Religious sites

The parish Church of St Andrew was rebuilt 1869-1870 to a design of Charles Barker-Green for the Rev W.B Portman and the patron Lord Portman of Orchard Portman.[5]

Notable residents

Former Blue Peter presenter Valerie Singleton lives in the village.[6]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  3. Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The complete guide. Wimbourne: Dovecote Press. pp. 61–62. ISBN 1-874336-26-1. 
  4. "Waterwheel, 25 metres North of Whitcombe Farmhouse". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  5. "Church of St Andrew". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  6. "Valerie Singleton: Help us raise £1.25m to build new Sherborne arts centre". Blackmore Vale Magazine. Local World. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2015.